Last May, Liberal Democrats lost the Leatherhead North (Surrey) council
seat to the Tories last May by just three votes, after several recounts.
Amazingly, the Tory victor, Penny Hedgeland, has just defected to us!
The Leatherhead Advertiser quotes her as saying:
"I joined the Conservative Party when David Cameron was elected leader.
"I thought he was steering his party away from the past and towards more
caring and inclusive policies - including a green agenda.
"But having now spent several months as a Conservative councillor I am
disillusioned because I see little of this progressive attitude here in
"Similarly Mr Cameron does not seem to be following up his rather vague
aspirations with any solid policies.
"In the meantime the Liberal Democrats nationally have produced a
detailed and practical policy on switching tax burden from income
towards pollution which greatly appeals to me."